Students love projects with StratoStar... and admins do, too. StratoStar makes weather balloon projects easy for administrators.
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Why It Works:

You can launch a weather balloon with junior high, high school, college, or even grad students. Students of all ages love StratoStar projects.

 

StratoStar weather balloon projects can be customized for your school or program, which means your project will be unique.

 

StratoStar is cool. If you want to support your school's reputation of excellence, a StratoStar project can accomplish this.

 

Students use 21st Century Skills to conduct hands-on experiments they will design and execute using the atmosphere as their laboratory.

 

Schools everywhere are placing more emphasis on STEM.

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Why is STEM so important?

A strong background in STEM courses improves the chances of college  scholarship opportunities.

 

More than 80% of jobs in the next 10 years will rely on STEM skills, which means your students will have a strong educational foundation.

 

Eight of the ten highest-paying jobs in the nation are STEM jobs.

 

Innovations in STEM-related fields are positively impacting the future.

 

STEM education receives a great deal of support from the government, as well as large corporations all over the world:

• AT&T

 

• Exxon Mobil

 

• Microsoft

  Corporation

 

• Time Warner

  Cable

 

• Target

• Facebook

 

• Goldman Sachs

 

• CISCO

 

• IBM

 

• Intel

• Siemens

 

• Amazon

 

• Dell

 

• Google

 

• HP

STEM Education FAQ
  • > Why a weather balloon project?
    Weather balloon projects can impact all four areas of STEM education. Students plan, build, launch, and analyze a flight. Their efforts are rewarded the day of the experiment when they send a weather balloon to the edge of space. Our advanced GPS software tracks and reports data, and the entire flight is recorded on video so students can later play it back.
  • > How can a StratoStar program fit into a STEM plan?
    The Stratostar balloon experiments are customized to your curriculum. There are a lot of options since a weather balloon launch can involve physics, chemistry, earth sciences, and more.
  • > Is StratoStar right for my school?
    The StratoStar program can be adjusted to all levels of students from middle school through college and even graduate school. Incorporate basic science and chemistry concepts through advanced physics, meteorology, trajectory plotting and beyond.
  • > Does StratoStar fit the Common Core Science objectives?
    The goal of Common Core is to help make thinking a visible process, and to show the process of how students came up with their answer. A weather balloon project from StratoStar allows many opportunities for students to write about and reflect on their experiment , turning a fun experiment into an educational opportunity.
  • > Can I plan a mission with mulitple teachers?
    Absolutely! StratoStar's weather balloon project is designed to span across several disciplines. You could have an entire department of science and math classes come together for the experiment. Administrators can even work with StratoStar to incorporate other subjects like social studies and history.
  • > Is StratoStar useful for aerospace students?
    Yes! StratoStar's weather balloon program can be used to introduce a wide range of scientific topics. The whole StratoStar experience from beginning to end teaches the value of teamwork and applies project lessons that can apply to any field.
  • > Can StratoStar fit in an AP curriculum?
    Yes. Becuase of the hands-on nature of the project, StratoStar can fulfill requirements for AP Physics 1, AP Chemistry, and to some extent, AP Environmental Science. Visit the AP college Board's site to learn more about these requirements:

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  • > How long will the StratoStar program take?
    You can adjust the program to fit your curriculum schedule — that decision is completely up to you. For high school and middle school students, the StratoStar program can be a nice change from the cycle of classroom learning. For students in college and graduate school, the experiment is a valuable opportunity for independent practice.
  • > Is StratoStar safe for my students?
    The StratoStar weather balloon program has been carefully tested and refined and even used for NASA scientists. Our methods are in compliance with federal aviation and communications guidelines. We will also provide additional training you may need for retrieving the payload to ensure all students are safe and sound.

StratoStar works with junior high, high school and college students.

High School students participate in every aspect of conducting a high-altitude balloon mission.  High School students will put their book knowledge to the test in the real world as they develop the experiment. Students work in teams and learn what it takes to coordinate logistics, execute a plan, problem solve, analyze data and create technical reports.

College students utilizing the StratoStar program will plan and execute missions on their own.  Students will work in teams just like they would in the industry. They must coordinate between the teams to hit the mission objectives.  With the academic knowledge college students have, the experiments are completely open to their creativity within the physical parameters.

 

Students in our Jr. High programs have the chance to learn and work in teams to complete their experiments, which are launched to the edge of space.  For many of the students, this is their first experience with field work and a research project involving the scientific method.  The atmosphere and Earth become their own personal laboratory.

Take project-based learning to an entirely new level.

You already know you want your school to represent academic excellence, but how easy is a weather balloon project REALLY? You'd be amazed. StratoStar does all the legwork to build a custom project-based learning program. Ready to learn more?

High altitude balloon missions are exciting for students because it has both an air and near space component to it and you have to work over a geographical area. You are not confined to a lab or classroom.
Dr. Glen Kissel, University of Southern Indiana
Organizations everywhere are taking learning to new heights.
Students love it. You can do it.

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StratoStar exists to empower educators and unlock student curiosity through project based learning ideas. Working with education institutions, we start High-Altitude Weather Balloon programs to cover all areas of STEM curriculum and allow students to complete a real world project.

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